Sunday, August 9, 2015


Pitla also nicknamed as Bombay chutney is a gram flour preparation with spices and tempering. It is traditionally served with bhakri, a  roti made from Jowar or Bajra flour.

Besan / gram flour ... 2 heaped tbsps
Onion ......... 1 small (finely chopped)
Mustard seeds ...... 1 tsp
Cumin seeds .... 1 tsp
Urad dal ............. 1 tsp
Dry red chillies .... 1-2
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Green chillies ...... 1-2 (chopped finely)
Ginger ............ 1 tsp (grated)
Coriander leaves .... 2 tbsps
Curry leaves ..... few
Sour curds ..... 2 tbsps
Water ......... 1 glass or little more.
Salt .... to taste
Oil .... 3-4 tbsps


1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies and curry leaves.

2. When they crackle, add the ginger and green chillies. Tip in the finely chopped onion and saute until translucent.

3. Add the chickpea flour and turmeric powder. Saute until roasted lightly and you get a nice aroma.

4. Now lower the flame and add the curds and water. Stir immediately to avoid lumps.

5. Add coriander leaves, salt and simmer to cook. It takes about 10 minutes on low flame and keep stirring it from time to time.

6. Keep the consistency a little thinner as it thickens while cooking and further on cooling. Keeping this in mind add water accordingly.
After you remove from the gas when it is done you must keep stirring it from time to time to avoid it from becoming a thick lump.

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  1. Very nice and tasty side dish for chapati or roti.. Have made this once long back. I knew the name bombay chutney but never knew that it is called as pitla.

  2. love pitla with bhakri..yours look so tempting..loving the pics as well

  3. One of my fav chutney with rotis... looks inviting !

  4. yummy, pithla looks so tempting. I had it first time when my mami in law made it years ago. At that time I was wondering what she is making to go with bakhri. Had it and loved it.

  5. I love a good homemade chutney, Shobha and this one looks lovely! You've used some wonderful flavours. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

  6. Wow didi.... Will surely try it. It would taste delicious with our sindhi koki...!!

    1. Yes Vinita, it will go well with koki too..

  7. Pithla we started having being in pune. and must say such a comforting soul food it is. looks great


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